MENAPPAUSE

An app for women to connect, whom are experiencing the same mental, physical and emotional changes of menopause.

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  • Education

Are you employed by T-Mobile or related to an employee of T-Mobile?

  • No

Eligibility: Date of Birth

20/02/1997

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07896518516 London, UK

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instagram.com/darcybehati laitmylk.com

Date You Started Your Project Started

August/1st/2019

Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Idea (hoping to get started in the future)

1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

Menopause, periods, sexual activity - they are sensitive topics often made out to be taboo by the media+society. Fearing age-based discrimination, older women find themselves silently suffering symptoms such as hot flushes, worried about being stereotyped as 'getting old'. It's so important that women are empowered to discuss these issues, be fully educated upon them, and have the freedom and ability to connect with others in the same situation.

2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

This app would aim to connect women with other females in nearby proximity to talk openly about the symptoms, signs and changes their body is undergoing during menopause. By having this app in the palm of their hands, women and their surrounding friends, family members and employers would be able to provide more support towards this calibre of women during a stressful biological period of their lives. By having an easy to use app adorned with information packs, self-help tactics, healthy lifestyles guides, balanced diets/recipes, relaxation techniques and mindfulness activities, women will feel less in the dark about the changes they're experiencing - and that they may be too shy or too busy to talk about with a professional (GP/sexual health clinician).

3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?

My motivation behind this project was after witnessing the changes that my mother and her best friend (my Godmother) were experiencing when going through menopause; additionally to the fact that I am an activist for women's rights and female equality. For example, a survey from 2009 into self-reported workplace illness found that 70 per cent of women surveyed had not disclosed the fact that they were experiencing symptoms relating to the menopause to their manager. When asked what adjustments could be made at work, 75 per cent per cent said it would help if their manager was more aware of the issue and 63 per cent said that flexible working would help them to cope with symptoms. The UK faces a talent gap of millions, and in a recent report, the charity Business in the Community found that over 50s were the key to filling it. Older workers are vital for the future of the economy.

4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”

I am stepping up to make change because I am an advocate for women's equality, health, female rights and progression of progress for every person! It is time that women of all walks of life, races, ages and sexualities be given the platform and pedestal to shine without societal hierarchy dictating to them when, how and what they should be. Your body, your rights.

5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

When a person becomes involved in my project (based on where we are currently with the app), they will be helping me find backers and app developers who believe in the concept as much as I do. Above all else, whoever gets involved will have to be prepared for full throttle, 110%, full-speed-ahead efforts to project this concept into something real, something worth while and something revolutionary.

6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

Nothing exists like Menappause! My activities and concepts aim not only to restore self confidence in 'older women', but also to enable them to reconnect and communicate with other females, which is so important for social development. We, as humans, live to connect and communicate - ageing should not become a barrier to this essential element of humanism.

7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

Still a concept, but soon to be a real life existence. So I'll have to let you know IF you select my idea!

8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

Getting backers, supporters, users, app developers and more to believe in the project in order to get it from my brain, to a global concept. I'd envisage hosting live events where users of the app can come together, share experiences and become a true community. I want the 'older generation' of women to be as relevant as the 'up and coming'. They are our roots, and should remain so whilst we - the young ones - bloom.

9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?

  • Program Design

10. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?

  • Friend support
  • Family support

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 1 [optional] Which of the following categories do you identify with?

  • White (for example: German, Irish, English, Italian, Polish, French) (6)

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 2 [optional] Do you identify as part of any of the following underrepresented communities?

  • Disability community
  • Low-income community

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Social media

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